Gun Rights Advocates on Edge as Connecticut Confiscation Looms

 (courtesy Americans Against Assault Weapons Ban)

Not for nothing, TTAG warned of bloodshed when Connecticut legislators first mooted the post-Newtown gun control legislation that Governor Dannel Malloy eventually signed into law. With the stroke of a pen, Malloy turned tens, if not hundreds of thousands of previously lawful gun owners into felons – unless they registered their “assault rifles” and “high-capacity magazines” with the state, destroyed them or sold them out of state. As Reverend Wright opined in one of his America-last rants, the chickens are coming home to roost. That said, they ain’t home yet. Meanwhile, gun rights advocates are steeling themselves – and their followers – for that fateful day. They’re looking for signs indicating imminence is imminent. And finding them . . .

Here’s a storm cloud courtesy examiner.com:

Ed Jacovino of The Journal Inquirer stated that Michael P. Lawler, a top aide to Gov. Dannel Malloy, contends that the state will punish those who missed the registration deadline whether they intended to or not.

According to Jacovino,

And while the state won’t immediately prosecute those who missed the deadline, it isn’t ignoring that information, either.

The rifle and magazine declarations will be included in information given to police responding to a certain address. “This would be a factor in deciding how to respond to different situations,” Lawlor says.

Read that statement closely. Lawlor is saying that if a citizen calls the police to report a crime in progress, officers will be able to see whether or not the person reporting the crime has registered their assault weapons and high capacity magazines, and will approach the emergency call accordingly.

Mike Vanderboegh picked-up on the quote. The Sipsey Street Irregulars blogger has been turning up the temperature on Connecticut legislators. A blog post on the 25th called “Connecticut Tyrant’s List” published the home addresses of “CT State Senators voting Yes on ‘An Act Concerning Gun Violence Prevention and Children’s Safety, also known as Public Law 13-3 or Connecticut Senate Bill No. 1160,’ 3 April 2013.”

There’s now a Connecticut Gun Rights Rally scheduled for April 5th. It remains to be seen if the State will hold off on confiscation or any other law enforcement efforts until that date, or beyond. And what happens at that rally. As Ralph points out, these sorts of issues are driven by events more than ideas.

The rally could go seriously wrong. Alternately, the next spree killing could be all the excuse The Constitution State needs to begin door-to-door confiscations of known unregistered “assault rifles” or “high capacity magazines” – especially if the killing happens in-state. Or an “emergency call” could trigger a SWAT raid leading to lethal consequences for the homeowner, other innocent life, a beloved pet and/or the cops.

There are a lot of ways this can go very, very wrong. There’s only one way it can go right: the Supreme Court strikes down the laws or the Connecticut legislature repeals them. Neither of these possibilities seems particularly likely.